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Hanging Thief

Diogmites platypterus


Diogmites platypterus is a robber fly that is dark brown to black with dark smokey wings and have bright yellow halteres (the projections in front of the wings). It has a somewhat narrow waist as these mimic dark wasp, especially in flight.


Spotted at Ott Park in central Arkansas along the Arkansas River. Open trail thru bottom-land. Lots of low lying vegetation where the trail opens up.


The Diogmites are a Genus of robber fly that hangs upside down after capturing their prey, hence the common name - Hanging Thief.

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Tukup a year ago

Some are just naturally shy when it comes to photographs :-) Thanks again for your efforts to get these.

Brian38 a year ago

Thanks Tukup. I chased this around until it got tired of me and flew away. I was really hoping to get a pic of it with prey. No such luck.

Tukup a year ago

Incredible detail and clarity. Great shots Brian. Thanks.

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Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Oct 4, 2019
Submitted on Dec 8, 2019

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